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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Nov 14, 2007 8:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry's voice

indeed harsh, as I think his voice didn't go downhill dramatically until after Go To Heaven.

But, he did begin to lose some of the strength or wind in his vocal range or db ability after 1970.

That year was the apex of his vocal powers. Coaching from Crosby, Stills and Nash helped get the Dead in their new improved harmony arrangements in 1970...
when they really did make a concious effort to get it right.

Before that, it was catch as catch can. After 1970 they began to slowly slough off.

And then it got bad. Bobby started shouting more than sing, Phil's beautiful high range was knocked out...

and Jerry, got old. Lost his range, the smoking of Camels and everything.

It was the Airplane who got the early accolades for their soaring harmonies between Balin and Anderson, later Grace (who was hit and miss, but on a good night was quite good).

Janis, well now she gets voted as one of the top 5 female singers ever.

Back then, she got mixed reviews for her early work, and slightly warmer reviews for her post Big Brother.

But she was the feather in the whole SF hippie blues revival - and even early on she did some amazing bits of tribute or recreation of certain classic blues singer nuances.

The Dead just winged it in the '60s. Jerry might have been the best overall singer in the band early on, his folk-bluegrass training put him ahead of the others.

But no one will ever sing or play exactly like him again.

This post was modified by cream-puff-war on 2007-11-15 04:04:15

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 14, 2007 5:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry's voice

Well said, CPW; I agree with your take on it...I shall do penance. What do you think--three full days of reading the forum, good and bad posts alike?

Hail forum, full of grace,
Hallowed be thy post
Thy Music Forum come, thy Hook be done
On the Ethernet as it is my Heaven
Give us this day, our daily thread
And forgive us our flamers,
As we forgive those who flame against us
Lead us not into critiquing the DEAD
Now and at the hour of our logon


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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Nov 14, 2007 5:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry's voice

Amen brother!
lol + kudos for your prayer!

Butt, 3 full days of forum reading?
that might cause irreversible brain damage.

No, just some good old self-flaggelation, 40 days of fasting, 10 Hail Jerrys and 10 How's Ya Fatahs!